We have another brainless idea from our Health Minister, as usual. I wonder why our Health Minister (who is not a doctor) seem to be making these announcements rather than MMC? The news below appeared in the Star today, http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/5/1/nation/20120501165752&sec=nation. I believe MMC is clearly becoming toothless and following the orders of a politician. Since our new DG took over the chairman post, many funny things seem to be happening!! Trying to make politicians happy, I presume.
I am happy for the graduates from unrecognised universities as now, they can sit for the exam unlimited number of times. BUT, rather than allowing 16 medical schools to run this exam, attempts should have been made to standardised the MQE exams like many other countries. Basically, you will be sitting for the final year exam of the respective universities. Every university has its own curriculum and exam format. For example: Monash DO NOT have a final year exam!! Their exams are in 3rd and 4rd year only. Final year is a continuous assessment. So, how are they going to conduct this MQE exam?? Has it been thoroughly discussed with these universities or our Minister is talking rubbish as usual?
I would have definitely preferred a standardised exam conducted by MMC rather than each universities running their own format and exams. Will the students be allowed to jump colleges if they fail their attempt? If you sit for the exam at the same uni repeatedly, would they eventually pass you? Most of our medical colleges have almost 100% passing rate, I wonder what will happen to MQE later.
The MMC has also been ordered to recognised more universities worldwide since the idea of common entrance exam for all overseas graduates was rejected by cabinet ( politicians again!). The common exam was approved by MMC under the previous DG. I was told it was one of the reason why he was asked to leave as he could not agree with many of the politicians idea. Due to political agreement between China and Malaysia http://pagalavan.com/2012/03/17/money-money-moneylots-of-money-part-2/, MMC is being forced to recognise graduates from China!
Whatever said, one thing is for sure going to happen! We are going to be flooded with doctors by 2015!! Will we be seeing doctors becoming tuition teachers, pharma company reps and taxi drivers? Only time will tell…………………………. we are in TOTAL mess………………..
Medical qualifying exam now available at 16 local varsities
By SHARON LING
Liow: The medical graduates can now take the exam an unlimited number of times instead of three previously.
KUCHING: Medical graduates from unrecognised universities overseas can now sit for the Medical Qualifying Examination (MQE) at all 16 medical schools in the country, including private universities.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said previously these graduates could only sit for the exam at three local universities – Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
“From now onwards they can sit for the exam in all medical schools in Malaysia. We have 16 medical schools offering 17 medical programmes.
“All students coming back from unrecognised universities overseas can sit for the exam in all these universities,” he told reporters after holding a dialogue with several Sarawakian medical graduates who earned their degrees in China here on Tuesday.
The 16 universities are UM, UKM, USM, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Penang Medical College, International Medical University, AIMST University, Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Royal College of Medicine Perak, Monash University Sunway Campus, UCSI University, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, and Management and Science University.
Liow said this move would make it easier for medical graduates to sit for the MQE, particularly Sarawakian students who would no longer need to travel to Kuala Lumpur for it.
“They prefer to take the exam here because the cost will be lower,” he said, adding that this was one of the problems brought up by the graduates during the dialogue session.
Liow also announced that the medical graduates could now take the exam an unlimited number of times.
“In the past it was limited to three times. Now they can sit for it unlimited times to make sure they pass,” he said.
Medical graduates from unrecognised universities need to pass the MQE in order to start their housemanship and be registered as medical doctors in Malaysia.
In addition, Liow said the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) was currently in the process of recognising medical programmes in China.
He said MMC would focus on accrediting the 11 top universities in China first as many Malaysian students were studying there.
He said although Malaysia and China had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on recognising the universities, medical courses needed to be accredited by MMC.
“MMC will visit the universities in China to accredit their medical degrees so that we can recognise them as soon as we can,” Liow said, adding that MMC would try to complete the accreditation process in one year’s time.
At present, MMC recognises 375 universities in over 30 countries, not including China.